March 11, 2002
#1 FLORIDA STATE (20-4)
Florida State, ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches and Collegiate Baseball polls, hosts Appalachian State on Tuesday and Wednesday after sweeping previously unbeaten Pittsburgh in a three-game series over the weekend. The Seminoles have won eight straight games and 14 of their last 15. Head coach Mike Martin could earn his 1,200th victory on Tuesday vs. Appalachian State. Martin would become just the 12th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 1,200-win plateau. He would be only the seventh active coach with 1,200 wins. Senior All-American Ryan Barthelemy upped his season average to .407 with a 6-for-13 weekend vs. Pittsburgh. Barthelemy recorded nine RBI in the three-game series with two home runs and two doubles. Tony McQuade (.447, 1 HR, 9 RBI) is expected to see more time in the lineup after being out almost a month with a groin injury. McQuade got one AB as a pinch-hitter against Pittsburgh. SS Stephen Drew (.346, 1 HR, 7 Runs) has missed the last five weeks with a fractured left foot and could see action as early as next week.
APPALACHIAN STATE (3-9)
Appalachian State dropped to 3-9 on the season after losing two of three to Furman over the weekend. OF Eric Pittman (.514, 1 HR, 8 RBI) and C Tim Johnson (.426, 4 HR, 12 RBI) are the team’s top two hitters.
Florida State leads the all-time series 6-0, which dates back to 1993. The last meeting came in 2001, with the Seminoles winning two games in Tallahassee by scores of 10-4 and 7-4.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Both games against Appalachian State will be carried live in Tallahassee by WFLA 1270, FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live stats can also be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.